Basic Furnace

Dates: May 1-4, 2023

Meets: M, Tu, W and Th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

Registration Fee: $750.00
MT WAP Registration: $0.00

Basic Furnace teaches students how to identify, maintain, and trouble shoot the most common heating and air conditioning systems encountered while performing weatherization measures. Students leave with an understanding of ventilation requirements for combustion appliances, as well as a firm grasp of the health and safety implications of improper installation, maintenance, and use. The course follows the Department for Energy’s standardized curriculum for Heating Systems for Energy Auditors/Inspectors and aligns with HVAC tasks under the NREL Job Task Analyses for Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector. The structure of the course includes lecture, dialogue, and practical experience through hands-on skill sets.

Montana Weatherization Network members may take this course at no cost. Use the MT WAP Registration option to register with a $0 fee.

For questions, contact the Training Center at, or 406-586-0070.

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Fee:   $750.00

optional: Fee Breakdown

Fee Breakdown

Registration Fee$ 750.00
MT WAP Registration$ 0.00

Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

751 Osterman Drive
Suite 101
Bozeman, MT 59715

Aaron Mugaas

Aaron brings deep and relevant experience to the team, with decades of service to the weatherization industry as both a crew member and auditor. He’s also spent time in private industry as a house builder and home inspector. Aaron’s training includes degrees in Biology, and study in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. His focus at the Training Center is on health and safety, building science, hands-on training of practical skills.

Brian Nickisch

Growing up in Eastern Montana, Brian has experienced every sort of extreme weather event. Witnessing the impact of weather events on communities Brian has lived in has helped develop a passion for being able to help those impacted most. Through acquiring a teaching degree from Montana State University and a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Nevada, Reno, Brian has sought out to improve lives through education and promoting energy efficiency.

In addition to his formal education, Brian's experience teaching high school science, installing solar arrays, and conducting home energy assessments have given him crucial skills that he’s excited to contribute to the Training Center and the weatherization network.

Nick Thomas

Growing up in the Gallatin Valley has offered Nick years of demolition, renovation and building experience as well as a keen knowledge of different building structures and ways of protecting homes from harsh Montana climates. He brings several years of weatherization field experience to the Training Center after working for the HRDC energy assistance program. His standardized work specifications (SWS) and code compliance knowledge shapes his teaching focus toward workplace safety and crew efficiency.
Date Day Time Location
05/01/2023Monday1 PM to 5 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman
05/02/2023Tuesday8:30 AM to 5 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman
05/03/2023Wednesday8:30 PM to 5 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman
05/04/2023Thursday8:30 PM to 3 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

  • Private HVAC Contractors
  • Weatherization Furnace Technicians
  • Weatherization Professionals
  • Energy Auditors
  • Program Managers

This course has 24.5 contact hours and can qualify as 12.25 continuing education units (CEU) toward Home Energy Professional Recertification.


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